Crime Prevention

Crime Prevention

Please remember to report ALL crime – don't think someone else will do it!

Over the past few months, we have seen a slight increase in break-ins of sheds, garages and vehicles.

With winter and darker nights upon us we wanted to remind you of some practical steps you can take to secure your property. Please share this information with your friends, family and neighbours. Crime can impact all of us, mentally and financially, so let's all help keep our area safe.

Vehicle crime

Even the smallest things left in the car can attract opportunists so loose change, bags, clothing, sat navs and dash cameras should all be left out of view, even if you are only away from your car for a moment. A sat nav cradle or mobile phone cables in sight can make a criminal believe items are still in the car so it is best to remove these from display too. For more information please visit:

www.northants.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/keeping-vehicles-safe/

Residential burglaries

This includes burglaries from both houses and outbuildings. Review your security to make sure you have adequate locks and lighting and any fencing around your property is secure. Look for a 'Sold Secure' grade or, 'Secure by Design' marking, when buying locks and other security products. They can be more expensive but come with an assurance that they are effective. CCTV and video doorbells are a great way to alert you if someone comes onto your property and these can record such events to support investigations.

A few more important details worth considering:

• Keep doors and windows locked. Make sure locks are all working.

  • Lock away tools such as ladders and spades, as thieves often grab them to break into a house.
  • Consider fitting an alarm to your shed.
  • Register property at www.immobilise.com or www.bikeregister.com
  • Ensure the hasp is bolted through the shed and into a steel plate. Secure up-and-over garage doors with padlocks through the inside runners or fit a padlock (with hasp and staple) to either side of the door.
  • Make a note of make, model, and serial number of tools and bicycles, take photographs and secure in a safe place.
  • Bicycles and lawn mowers should be shackled together, ideally to a wall anchor or a metal post cemented into the ground
  • If you own expensive tools consider having lockable steel storage boxes fitted to the floor.
  • Obscure the window of your shed/garage to prevent thieves seeing what you have inside.
  • Use signage to let offenders know you have security marked your property and you are a member of a Watch Scheme (Neighbourhood Watch for example)

Anti-Social Behaviour

Anti-social behaviour isn't only caused by 'young people' and if you are affected please do let the police know. It includes but is not limited to:

  • Disruptive, noisy behaviour in otherwise quiet neighborhoods
  • Night time noise from houses or gardens, especially between 11pm and 7am
  • Threatening or drunken behaviour
  • Vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting
  • Dealing or buying drugs on the street
  • Litter and fly-tipping rubbish
  • Aggressive begging
  • Drinking in the street
  • Setting off fireworks late at night
  • Abandoning cars on the street
  • Riding e-scooters on the pavement

If you are being affected by anti-social behaviour, please keep a diary of events as this will help the police when investigating

E-Scooters

The police are still focused on the use of personal e-scooters, which cannot be legally used on public roads, cyclepaths, or footpaths. Please consider this carefully before purchasing an e-scooter.

For more information go to our website

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Police and Neighbourhood Watch Notifications

If you would like to receive Neighbourhood area alerts please sign up at the following website address: https://www.northamptonshireneighbourhoodalert.co.uk/#SignUp

If you would like to support your local scheme please have a look at the Northamptonshire Neighbourhood watch website and Facebook details:

www.ourwatch.org.uk/area/northamptonshire

www.facebook.com/NNWAssociation

Useful information and contact details

Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

If you have any information about an offence you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on the above number or through their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

If you have an emergency telephone 999

For non-urgent matters telephone 101

Details of how to report other offences and links to online forms are provided on our website local-policing.html

You can email the local policing team NeighbourhoodTeamNorthampton@northants.pnn.police.uk (this email address is for general information and not to report a crime

Useful Contacts

Useful information and contact details

CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111
If you have any information about an offence you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on the above number or through their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Please continue to support the police and protect our area from crime and anti-social behaviour - don't ignore the situation and feel someone else will report it.
If you have an emergency telephone 999
For non-urgent matters telephone 101
To avoid waiting on the telephone you can log a request via the Northampton online system:
Crimes and incidents: www.northants.police.uk – click the report button
Domestic Abuse: www.northants.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/how-to-report-domestic-abuse/
Give information: www.northants.police.uk/contact/cubp/northants/tell-us-about-something-youve-seen-or-heard/
For providing information anonymously: www.crimestoppers-uk.org/ or by telephone 0800 555 111
To submit dashcam footage: www.northants.police.uk/police-forces/northamptonshire-police/areas/northamptonshire-force-content/about-us/about-us/operation-snap-northamptonshire/
For thanks and complaints: www.northants.police.uk/fo/feedback/tc/thanks-and-complaints/
Northamptonshire police have their own Social Media Channels:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/northamptonpolice/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/NptonPolice

Last updated: Tue, 04 Jan 2022 15:24